A winter sport. An exhibition sport in a couple of winter Olympics, but as it's only played in this area, unlikely ever to be more than that.
It's comparable to curling - a winter Olympics institution, and very popular at home (Scottieland).
Unlike curling, it always takes place outdoors - typically on a frozen pond.
No brushing means a lot of hanging around just watching - not ideal.
No stones - wooden "Stock".
We played on a temporary Christmas rink in the city centre.
I enjoyed it. Glühwein seems to be part of the experience. Enjoyed that too.
This event happens in June & October every year and was described to me as a miniature Oktoberfest, without the tourists and/or rip-off prices.
All the fun of the fairground, as you’d find it in Scotland, but with biergartens and good food!
One quirk of the Volksfest is that you can only buy beer in a mass - one of the traditional, dimpled 1 litre glasses. No wimps allowed. Watch out! I warned you.
Christmas markets in Germany get all the rave reviews. Rightly so.
But they do Easter ones as well. In Ingolstadt anyway.
It's on a much smaller scale than Christmas, but since they have 3 Sundays in 4 days over Easter in Germany - everything shut - the market provides a nice diversion.
A few stalls, a roundabout & a Biergarten. Only trouble was Easter 2013 was at the end of March, and it was 2c the day we popped by. Chilly.
Easter is a much bigger thing in Bavaria than back home in Scottieland. The fountain in the square was completely decorated with hand painted eggs - see photo.
It's held in the square in front of the military museum.
This was a band in the square one day that played many GErman popular pieces from the last century or two. They were very good and sincronized the play well. A number of tourists and local people came here to listen, and some danced in the Rathplatz
WE visited on a SAturday and that day held a real treat. Local German folk dressed in period 1800 attire and featuring-of all things, beer for free. Well, that drew a crowd. They served until it was all gone, and in spite of having three horse drawn wagons from competing breweries, each with 10+ very large barrels of beer; it was consumed in about 4 hours.
Yes, I did get one or two of those cherished treats to wet the pallet (hot and dry day).
April to June is asparagus season - Spargelzeit.
It's a big thing - real tradition to buy fresh asparagus from the farmers' stalls which pop up, even outside the shopping centre.
Mostly they like white asparagus, rather than the green kind we get in Scottieland. It's more tender, and I prefer it too. Great baked with ham and then parmesan cheese on top.
Some local areas like Schrobenhausen specialise in it. We got lost around there coming back from Munich airport in early April (accident on the A-bahn, so using the backroads) and found a farmer's stall.
He was old, fat and stinking of asparagus, so his produce was fresh and wonderful.
A German institution. It’s a 12 minute TV comedy play filmed in the 1960s (so black & white). Now it gets complicated - the original play was in English, and so is the TV version, but it was made by a German TV station.
The play is almost unknown in the English speaking world, but is a New Year TV fixture in Germany (and in other places, such as the Nordic countries). It is shown every year, at least once. It’s not just a cult show - everyone watches it.
It’s a comedy, and Wikipedia does a good job of describing the “plot” so I’m not going to try to emulate that.
A Christmas time special. It’s a hot alcoholic drink.
You need some Glühwein - say the 1 litre bottles you can buy in the supermarket. That is heated and then put in special individual mugs/bowls. They have a metal rack at the top, and a sugar/cinnamon cone goes in there. Rum is poured over the cone, and then set alight.
The cone burns and melts, and the liquid drops into the mug. When it has finished melting, you drink it all. Strong, sweet & delicious. 2-3 glasses in the evening, and you’ll sleep like a baby!
At the Christmas markets you may find a stall producing it in bulk, so try it there if you don’t want to seek out all the paraphernalia!
Dr. Frankensteins Murder and Mystory Tour! A entertaining historical tour through Ingolstadt, which starts at 9.30 pm and takes 70 minutes.
A creature scares Ingolstadt! Be careful, if the fog is laying over the city, the shadows become longer and the darkness rises…, then run as fast as you can! Because it could be that the monster is alive, that it got up from its grave to walk through the narrow lanes to scare you in the darkest corners of the old city. The creature was “born” in Ingolstadt. The English writer Mary Shelly invented Frankenstein in the year 1818. In her novel Dr. Victor Frankenstein lived in Ingolstadt to study medicine. He wanted to create artificial live. Obsessed of his idea he finally succeeds in Ingolstadt in arousing “his” creature to the live. In 1472 Ingolstadt got the first Bavarian university and was one of the most important universities in the German speaking area for a long time, beside of Vienna and Prague.
These tours are all in German language but you can ask for an extra tour in English.
More Info: Tickets are available in the tourist office and online. Price in 2004: 7 €.
For more info (only in German) go to the following web pages
Like many other European Cities, Ingolstadt has started to hold an evening which opens the city up to cultural pursuits - The Night of the Museums.
The event has established itself as an indispensable part of the cultural calendar, providing a relaxed atmosphere for the City's museusm to show their variety in an unusual light.
In the past i have enjoyed several beers which have been brewed in Ingolstadt. I believe there are 3 breweries in the City - HerrnBrau, IngoBrau and NordBrau. I would not dream of saying which is the best, all i would say is that I enjoy HerrnBrau beer - oh and I can say I have been shown around it several times.
Ingolstadt received city rights in the 13th century. The oldest known seal dates from the same time, and shows St. Mauritius, the patron saint of the local church. On the second seal, known since 1314 he holds a small shield with the panther. Since around 1340 only the panther is used on the seals and arms of the city. The origin of the panther is not known. It may be that the panther is derived from the seal and arms of the Niederalteich Convent, that had strong ties with the city in the 13th century. The panther may also be taken from the arms of the Counts-Palatine of the Ortenburg dynasty, who used a panther. A relation between these and the city, however, is not clear.
This is not the most common of the Bavarian beers but still very good one and full taste of Weiss beer. Its original is from here but actually the last time I had this beer was in restaurant in Olpe in west part of Germany and this picture is from there.
This is very common in this kind of little towns in Germany (at least in Ingolstadt!)... These look as regular houses, but many of them have 3-4 apartments inside, which house one family each. They are spacious and some even have a nice terrace from which you can have this nice view of the surrounding houses... I liked this neighborhood! Very clean, organized and pretty.
This caption picture was irresistable when I saw the child devouring the ice cream cone, and dripping it all over himself. Yes, he did enjoy the moments.